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Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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A real learning experience

You get to explore almost all of the ship, you can take all the time you would like. Experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debbie F
Ship Museum for Kids

We took my friends' child to visit USS Edson when we were in Bay City area. This naval ship museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Visit the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, home the the USS Edson DD-946. This Vietnam Era, Forestt Sherman Class destroyer is one of two left in the United States. Guests are invited to step back in history on a self-guided tour of the Grey Ghost of the Coast and see what life was like for the men who served aboard her. Approximately 95% of the ship is open to the public. Visit the Ward Room to see the US Flag that was flying aboard the USS Selfridge DD-357 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. See the Ship Store and Medic Room set up similar to what the sailors saw. Don't forget to visit the Pilot House and pretend to steer the ship. If you are lucky, you'll meet one of our many volunteers who served aboard the USS Edson or a similar ship. Guests are asked to wear close-toed comfortable shoes. You will be climbing up and down ladders and sandals, flip-flops, or high heels may become a safety hazard. We are open 7 days a week, March 1 through December 31. Due to the amount of time it takes to tour the ship, no guests will be admitted one hour prior to closing.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI 48706-4091
+1 989-684-3946
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to explore almost all of the ship, you can take all the time you would like. Experience what it was like for the sailors to move around in all the tight areas.

Thank Debbie F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took my friends' child to visit USS Edson when we were in Bay City area. This naval ship museum is all about this grey ghost of the Vietnamese coast. It's surprised me that how big of this ship is and it took us more...More

Thank WindyandSun
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We took our grandchildren to this and they ask to go again every time we are in the area. They enjoyed seeing the "ship life" and it's a pretty good activity no matter what the weather is.

Thank heynowmel
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Drove to Bay City from Frankenmuth just to visit and tour the Edson with my wife, daughter and two grandsons (15 & 17) and get a glimse of what life was like on board this WW II Destroyer. It was well worth the trip.

Thank MunsonTraveler
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

One of our prized possessions in Bay City...Brought here, restored back close to its heroic self, by donations and volunteers!... Volunteer will help you if needed.. All restoration was done and is kept "ship shape" by volunteer. It is a treasure... Thank you all!

Thank katherines703
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Recently boarded this ship. Don't understand why local schools don't take classes there for field trips. Not far to travel and they would benefit from it. Keep roots in Bay City. For out of town visitors this is a unique stop. Bay City has a...More

Thank rose_eliz77
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We were on an "aimless drive" and this ship happened to across our path. We got there 1/2hr after they were closed yet Bill(?) and gang were gracious enough to still allow us a tour. Did I mention it was a 3hr tour? Yes, you...More

1  Thank George R
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This was a very fun adventure. The self-guided tour is difficult to follow, so we pretty much just wandered around. There was a lot of neat things to see, and a good amount of signs explaining what different things were. It really is a museum,...More

Thank Kyle Z
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit to the USS Edson, to everyone. This is a close up look of a ship that was part of the Vietnam war. There are only 2 ships like this left. Our group of 8 had a wonderful guide, Pete, he made...More

2  Thank M E M
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Went here in April for self guided tour. Very interesting and we could spend as much time as we needed inside and out pride the ship. Very well maintained and information along the route explaining things. Would be nice to have guided tour but can...More

1  Thank butterball2015
Carla M, Public Relations Manager at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2017

Glad you enjoyed your tour! All of our tour guides are vounteers and unfortuneatly, we cannot guarantee there will be one here unless reservations are made. If a guest gives us a heads up at least a week in advance, we will try to have...More

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19 July 2017|
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Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There are a few tight spots but our guide warned us about them. There was only one place that two of the people in our group chose to go around. There are real steps so no ladders to slide down as the sailors would have done.
Amber J
4 July 2017|
Response from M E M | Reviewed this property |
There's a parks where I would believe dogs are allowed, on the river, beside the ship, but I didn't see any dogs on the ship.
23 June 2016|
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Response from Carla M | Property representative |
Hello, Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 6-16, and those 5 and under are free.